Alfonso E. Acosta, 82, of Moline, passed away Sunday, June 29, 2014, at his residence. A memorial Mass will be held at a later date. DeRoo Funeral Home, Moline, is assisting the family. Alfonso was born May 12, 1932, in Los Angeles, Calif., the son of Pablo and Maria J. Espinosa Acosta. He married Maria Elena Herrera in 1955 in Mexico. Alfonso worked at Quad City Die Casting as a molding die caster for 32 years, retiring in 1992. He was a member of St. Mary's Church, Moline, and enjoyed attending Sacred Heart Church, Rock Island. Survivors include his wife, Maria; daughters, Gabriela Acosta, Warrenville, Ill., Susana Acosta, Moline, and Gina (Mike) Lieferman, Blue Grass; sons, Javier Acosta, Fontana, Calif., Ernesto Acosta, Marysville, Wash., Miguel (Sandra) Acosta, Anaheim, Calif., and Louis (Paula) Acosta, Davenport; 15 grandchildren; three great-grandchildren; and brother, Juan Acosta, Mexico City, Mexico. Online condolences can be sent to the family at deroofuneralhome.com.
Today is Thursday, Oct. 2, the 275th day of 2014. There are 90 days left in the year.
1864 -- 150 years ago: The ladies have adopted the fashion of wearing representations of insects in the flowers on their bonnets. Some look very natural. 1889 -- 125 years ago: T.F. Cary, former Rock Island alderman, has accepted a position as salesman for a Chicago wallpaper house and plans to move to that city. 1914 -- 100 years ago: Work on the new telephone building on 18th Street between 6th and 7th avenues is progressing rapidly. 1939 -- 75 years ago: Rock Island's new theater at 3rd Avenue and 19th Street will have a name significant of its location. The "Rocket" is scheduled to open Thanksgiving Day. 1964 -- 50 years ago: Two of Rock Island's newest water towers were vandalized last night, including the one at 38th Street and 31st Avenue, where police took five Moline boys into custody about 9 p.m.. 1989 -- 25 years ago: Some of us who live in the Quad-Cities take the Mississippi River for granted, or at least we used to. But the river is not taken for granted by our visitors. And most Quad-Citians are realizing the importance of the river to this area as increased emphasis is placed on tourism.